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Key Hawks a chance to return

Inverleigh coach Adam Donohue in action in the Hawks’ Round 1 win over Werribee Centrals. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

INVERLEIGH could be boosted by the return of playing coach Adam Donohue and star Casey Meehan for Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with Geelong West at Morton Power Oval.

Donohue is doing all he can to be right after missing the win over Corio with a slight hamstring issue, while Meehan hasn’t played since suffering a broken hand in the Round 2 win over North Geelong.

“The ultrasound showed no obvious tear or abnormalities,” Donohue said.

“It’s probably more my back at the moment; I’ve to get a heap of work done on it.

“If I’m going to be close to 100 per cent, which there is a small chance, I’m willing to risk that if I feel I’m right because it’s a big game for us.”

In more good news for Inverleigh, Lachie Buyel should be right to go after missing the win over Corio with a concussion.

Dean Muir, Scott Condy and Nathan Mayes are available, while the experienced Michael Grozdanovski is also a chance to take on the Giants.

However, Ryan Robertson (side strain), Matt Haste (hamstring), Austin Perrott (shin splints) are all in doubt to take on the Giants.

After suffering a fractured collarbone, big man Mason Dickson will be sidelined until late in the season.

Donohue said the Bacchus Marsh recruit had made the most of his opportunity with some Meehan sidelined.

“He shows a hell of a lot of promise; I think he’s still only 20,” Donohue said. “I think he’s going to be a good player for us.

“Unfortunately, it’s not great timing for him. With Casey being out, he’s had a bit more of a workload, and he’s always improving.

“Hopefully, he’ll push hard for an end-of-the-year return.”

Midfielder Brad Surkitt, limited to just two games since arriving from Geelong Amateur, remains sidelined.

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